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Manufacturing executive , Military officer

Paul John Kern, American Army officer. Registered profile engineer, Virginia. Decorated Bronze Star with 3 oak leaf clusters, Silver Star, Purple Heart with 2 oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit. Member Society Automotive Engineers (Teetor award 1975), Armor Association, Association United States Army, Council Foreign Rels., United States Naval Institute, Chi Epsilon.


Kern, Paul John was born on June 16, 1945 in West Orange, New Jersey, United States. Son of Bruno Michael and Marjorie (Bolan) Kern.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1967. Master of Science in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, University Michigan, 1973. Fellow in National Security, Harvard University, 1987.


Advanced through grades from commanding 2nd lieutenant to general United States Army, 1967—2001, platoon leader, staff member, 1967-1969, troop Commander 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Vietnam, 1969-1970, retired, 2004. Assistant professor, course director department engineering United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, 1973-1976. Operations officer 2nd battalion, 33rd Armor, 3rd Armor Division, Kirch Goens, Germany, 1976-1978.

Branch chief Bradley Progressive Management Office, Warren, Michigan, 1979-1982. Team chief research and development United States Army Staff, Pentagon, Washington, 1982-1984. Battalion Commander 5th battalion, 32nd Armor, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, 1984-1986.

Military assistant to under secretary United States Department Defense, Washington, 1987-1989, military assistant to secretary, 1993-1996. Commander 2nd brigade, 24th Infantry Division, 1989-1991. Director requirements Army staff, 1991-1992.

Assistant division commander-maneuver, 24th Infantry Division Fort Stewart, Georgia, 1992-1993. Commanding general 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, 1996-1997. Military deputy to assistant secretary acquisition, logistics & technical United States Army, Washington, 1997—2001.

Commanding general United States Army Materials Command, Alexandria, Virginia, 2001—2004. Senior counselor The Cohen Group, Washington, since 2005. President, chief operating officer AM General LLC, South Bend, Indiana, since 2008.

Head internal investigation into abuses at Abu Ghraib prison United States Army, 2004. Board directors EDO Corporation, 2005—2007, iRobot Corporation, since 2006.


  • Registered professional engineer, Virginia.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Acquisition Managers - Role and Reality, 1987.


Member National Academy of Engineering, Society Automotive Engineers (Teetor award 1975), Armor Association, Association United States Army, Council Foreign Relations, United States Naval Institute, Chi Epsilon.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sailing, woodworking, computers.


Married Dolores I. Mercaldo, August 28, 1971. Children: Paul John Junior, Alexander Matthew.

Bruno Michael Kern

Marjorie (Bolan) Kern

Dolores I. Mercaldo

Alexander Matthew Kern

Paul John Junior Kern